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Sri Lanka: Biometric Passports Become Standard

(Aug. 12, 2015) Based on a rule effective August 10, 2015, all passports newly issued by Sri Lanka will contain fingerprints as biometric markers. Existing passports will remain usable, however. The goal is to meet international standards and, according to Immigration and Emigration Controller, General Nihal Ranasinghe, the inclusion of fingerprints will increase the efficacy […]

China; Taiwan: New Rules Facilitate Taiwan Residents Traveling to the Mainland

(July 22, 2015) On June 14, 2015, the State Council of the People’s Republic of China amended an administrative regulation governing the travel of residents of China’s mainland to Taiwan and of Taiwan residents to the mainland, the Measures for the Control of Chinese Citizens Traveling to and from the Region of Taiwan (Measures). Effective […]

Germany: New Anti-Terrorism Legislation Entered Into Force

(July 10, 2015) On June 20 and on June 30, 2015, new anti-terrorism legislation entered into force in Germany. The new law makes it a crime to travel outside the country with the intent to receive terrorist training, adds a new section on terrorism financing to the Criminal Code, and creates national identity card and […]

South Africa: Regulations Aimed at Stemming Parental Kidnapping Take Effect

(June 8, 2015) On June 1, 2015, South African immigration regulations imposing certain rules on parents and others traveling to or from South Africa that are intended to curb parental kidnapping of small children took effect. (Statement by Home Affairs Director-General, Mkuseli Apleni, at the Media Briefing on New Requirements for Travelling with Children Coming […]

Indonesia: Presidential Instruction on Fighting Corruption Issued

(June 4, 2015) On May 26, 2015, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo (known familiarly in Indonesia as Jokowi) formally issued a presidential instruction that he had signed on May 6 on prevention and eradication of corruption. He also gave a reminder to public officials of the importance of the problem. “In realizing clean governance, [corruption] prevention […]

Japan: Act on Protection of Specially Designated Secrets

(Jan. 23, 2015) The Act on the Protection of Specially Designated Secrets (SDS Act) that was promulgated on December 13, 2013, became effective on December 10, 2014. (Act No. 108 of 2013, Japanese Ministry of Justice online database (in English).) Under the Act, the head of an administrative organ designates secrets that satisfy the following […]

Denmark: Changing Legal Sexual Identity Simplified

(July 3, 2014) The Danish Parliament has approved a law allowing Danish citizens to change their legal gender identity without first undergoing sterilization or surgery. Denmark’s Minister of the Economy and Interior, Margrethe Vestager, announced on June 11, 2014, that beginning September 1, Danish citizens over the age of 18 may apply to change their […]

China: New Implementing Regulations of Law on State Secrets

(Mar. 31, 2014) On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, 2014, the Regulations repealed the former 1990 implementing measures for the Law. (Regulations [in Chinese] (Feb. 3, […]